Commercial Superconducting Maglev Train On Tracks in Japan

Officials at Central Japan Railway unveiled its"L0" model last week at its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan. The "L0" is a prototype commercial model of a new generation magnetic levitated train that is scheduled to start running between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027. The train will travel at speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour (361 mph).

The company says it will start high-speed tests in September on an extended 43 kilometer (28 mile) track. The prototype of the maglev train reached a new world record of 581 kilometers per hour (361 mph) in 2003 during test runs in Yamanashi Prefecture. The record is unbroken.

Maglev trains mounted with ordinary electromagnets are already in operation in some countries, including Japan. But the new train will be the first to be equipped with much more powerful superconducting electromagnets providing greater separation.

The new maglev system will save travelers one hour and 20 minutes between Tokyo to Osaka. The current bullet train takes 2 hours and 25 minutes.

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